Here is an injury update on the Shockers, who return to practice today ahead of Sunday’s game against Northern Iowa.
- Jake White is practicing today. He visited a chiropractor after back spasms sidelined him for the Southern Mississippi game Saturday. “It’s good,” he said. “I was like an inch-and-a-half out place in my hips, and that caused a bunch of back spasms, so he just popped it back in place.”
- Carl Hall is targeting mid-January as the earliest for his return from a broken right thumb. He would like to be back for Jan. 16 (Illinois State) or Jan. 19 (Creighton). Those games represent the earliest he could return and late January may be more realistic. “I do want to come back for the Creighton and Illinois State games,” he said. “That’s cutting it close, but I’m going to try to catch those games.”
- Ron Baker likely won’t be off crutches until early February. Then he could need as much as two weeks, perhaps more, to test his left foot and see if the stress fracture is healed before playing.
- Evan Wessel’s broken right pinky will likely keep him out Sunday and perhaps beyond. “It’s still hurting pretty good,” he said. “We’ll see how it feels and play it day by day.” Wessel said he may take a week or two and see how the finger responds before deciding on surgery, which would likely sideline him 4-6 weeks.